December 28, 2017

On Christmas Day I spent some time thinking about the past year and considering the effectiveness of following through on the word I chose for 2017. This was a concept suggested by Tom Ward in his Daily Dose of Design articles a couple of years ago. My word for 2017 was “implement.”

Did I achieve everything I would have liked to have gotten done this past year? No. But I did accomplish a number of things on my list. I spent some time the other day rereading the book I wrote this year titled, The Ten Commandments: A Fresh Look at Their meaning and Value for Today. This book reflects a personal belief and approach to not just these few verses of the Bible, but to its primary message throughout. For me, going through this book was a compass check for where I want to continue be pointed in the new year. I would invite you to email me at and request a no cost to you digital copy.

While I have spoken weekly to congregations for more than 43 years, I presented my first full day training event this year. It is an entirely different experience when you go a full day. I want to express my appreciation and gratefulness to Joel Bauer for his training and encouragement on this path. You might want to watch for future announcements about upcoming trainings on my website,

In a few days another year of daily Thought For The Day blog articles will have been written. I have, by God’s grace, continued to move forward in eliminating naturally the health challenges of this past year, accepted a four year call to continue to lead the current congregation I am with, and carry a full slate of other responsibilities. With the conclusion of 2017, does that mean my focus on implementing will end? Not in the least! I am already registered to attend Joel Bauer’s “Mentoring4Millions” training event in Los Angeles in a few weeks and then the Master Class training in April 2018.

You see, my word for 2018 is “increase.” I will be focussing on the achievement of results, from the process of implementation into every area of life, not just for myself, but for others who desire it for their life as well. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 1:5, “A wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance.” The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:10, “Now God who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to increase.”

We are to live our lives in relationship with the One who created us, loves us, restored the relationship with us and now intercedes at the right hand of the throne of God for us(Romans 8:34). “Increase” is God’s desire and plan for our lives. What do you desire and plan for this coming year? Do you have your word to help you focus and move forward for the coming year? If not, you still have time to do so.

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